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Taylorville, IL 62568
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Jerseyville, IL 62052
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Carlinville, IL 62626
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News Release

Happy Holidays with Diabetes Management Program Coming to Hillsboro


November is National Diabetes Month and the perfect time to bring awareness to diabetes prevention and management. Lisa Peterson, Nutrition and Wellness Educator with University of Illinois Extension explains, “From initial diagnosis to living thirty years with diabetes, Extension is here to provide support in managing and controlling diabetes by giving individuals the tools to living a healthy lifestyle and making healthy food choices.” In Illinois, approximately 12.8% of adults have diabetes. Additionally, 37.5% of adults in Illinois have pre-diabetes. Prediabetes is when blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. Does prediabetes automatically mean type two diabetes is inevitable? Not necessarily. An estimated 15-30% of individuals who have prediabetes will develop diabetes within five years. “Research has found by increasing physical activity to five days of 30 minutes of moderate activity, and losing 7% of your current body weight can reduce the chances of type two diabetes diagnosis by 58%,” Peterson explains. Making half your plate fruits and vegetables, making half your grains whole grains, eating lean proteins, and aiming for low-fat dairy are a few healthy eating tips in preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes. Visiting with a registered dietitian is also an excellent resource for creating a meal plan specific to individual needs. 

If you have diabetes, selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat, and sodium can be a real challenge. With the holidays coming up, managing diabetes can be even more challenging. University of Illinois Extension is here to meet that challenge and offer Happy Holidays with Diabetes.

Happy Holidays with Diabetes is a series of four 3-hour sessions designed for anyone interested in preventing or managing diabetes. Peterson explains, “These classes focus on the food with a holiday twist and understanding how healthy eating can impact diabetes management.” The program also provides information on treatment goals and self-monitoring, managing carbohydrates, sodium, cholesterol and fat portions, planning meals, reading food labels, and using artificial sweeteners, low-fat products, and herbs and spices.  In each session, participants receive recipes, do hands-on activities, watch cooking demonstrations, and taste foods to meet their dietary needs.


The goal of Happy Holidays with Diabetes is to help you improve your diabetes care and overall wellbeing.  The program is meant to complement the recommendations of your health care provider and to help you and/or your loved one manage diabetes. 


Happy Holidays with Diabetes will meet on the following dates

Thursday, Dec. 7

Friday, Dec. 8

Thursday, Dec. 14

Friday, Dec. 15


Each class will run from 9:30am-12:30 pm at the Montgomery County Extension Office in Hillsboro, IL


There is a $20.00 fee which will cover all four sessions.  This fee is for the purchase of food and supplies.  No products will be sold at the classes.  Space is limited, so enroll now.

Individual Apple Pies

Total Time: 40 minutes

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

6 Servings



½ of 1 refrigerated pie crust

3 cups peeled, chopped apples (about 2 large)

1 tablespoon flour

1 tablespoon Splenda

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Cooking spray



1.    Preheat oven to 375°. Spray 6-muffin baking pan with cooking spray.

2.    Warm pie crust to room temperature. Roll out to a rectangle, about 16” by 12”

3.    Using a 3-1/2 inch diameter round cookie cutter or cup, cut 6 circles from ½ of the pie crust. Refrigerate remaining half of crust for later use. Place 1 pie crust circle in each muffin pan well, easing it to fit.

4.    Blend flour, Splenda and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Toss apples with dry mixture.

5.    Place ½ cup apple mixture in each muffin well. Bake for 30-40 minutes until apples are tender.


Nutrition Analysis: Serving Size (1 pie): 102 calories, 4 g. fat, 2 mg. cholesterol, 87 mg. sodium, 16 g. carbohydrates, 2 g. dietary fiber, 1 g. protein


Recipe from University of Illinois Extension: Recipes for Diabetes-


Local Contact: Lisa Peterson, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness,